Snowking Mountain Additions and Corrections
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|As of 7/31/05 - there is a huge tree down AND a big washout at 2.2 miles on FR-1570 at ~1300' elevation, adding about 2 miles of road hiking. There is reasonable camping at road's end, but the next non-emergency camping is many hours away. The trail starts at the far end of an overgrown clearcut, just before a brook, and climbs steeply into oldgrowth. After reaching the ridge top, the trail descends slightly as it passes E of point 5116, before climbing to the saddle just S of 5116. At this saddle there is an easy-to-miss trail junction. The main trail descends 800' to Found Lake, but you should turn left (S) and climb 1000' to the top of point 5791 on an improving trail. From 5791 the trail becomes faint as it descends through cliffs, then becomes easy to follow as it crosses over or nearly over a few more points, bearing SSW, to the vicinity of Cyclone Lake and good camping. Five hours from the car and 5000' ascent.|
From the E side of Cyclone lake, follow heather and easy slabs up Snowking's E ridge to the summit, fininishing on the S side. Class 2. Two hours and 2000' ascent. There are good bivy spots (melt snow for water) at 6300' and ~6900' on the E ridge.
An alternate route is the ridge on the W side of Cyclone lake then ascending the glacier to just E of the summit, rejoining the normal route. In contrast to some guidebook authors, I do -not- recommend following the W ridge if you intend to skirt the glacier, rejoining the normal route below the glacier, because the N face is cut by several annoying gulleys (class 3 and 4) which makes it slower than the normal route.
|Posted Aug 2, 2005 7:33 pm|
|Z-Man||mileage from Marblemount|
|is more like 14.2 miles than 13.2 miles. Turn-off is shortly after MP 14 sign.|
|Posted Aug 26, 2007 1:26 pm|
|Klenke||Re: mileage from Marblemount|
|Thanks. I made the change.|
|Posted Aug 27, 2007 7:33 pm|